UCLA Computer Science Professor Wins NSF CAREER Award for Advancing AI Applications in Practical Settings

UCLA Computer Science Professor Wins NSF CAREER Award for Advancing AI Applications in Practical Settings

Bolei Zhou, an assistant professor of computer science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. This grant, totaling $587,000 over five years, will support his research in embodied AI, which involves artificially intelligent systems interacting with the physical world. Zhou’s work focuses on incorporating human interaction into machine-learning frameworks for embodied AI models, with potential applications in autonomous driving, household robots, digital animation, and video games.

This NSF CAREER Award adds to Zhou’s accolades, as he previously received an Intel Rising Star Faculty Award in 2023. This award recognizes promising research with the opportunity for collaboration with Intel’s senior technical leadership. Zhou’s research interests lie in AI and computer vision, leading the Zhou Lab at UCLA, where he develops machine learning methods for computer vision and machine autonomy.

Notably, this isn’t Zhou’s first significant funding award from NSF. In the previous year, he received a three-year, $960,000 grant for his research on MetaDriverse, an open-source simulation platform aimed at democratizing AI research in autonomous driving. In addition to his role at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, Zhou holds a faculty appointment in the Computational Medicine Department, affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showcasing his interdisciplinary research expertise.

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